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“Employees of closing Beachwood nursing home, focus of redevlopment plan, seek time.”

Mercy Regional Medical Center RN Unit Assignment Despite Objection Process

Safe StaffingStaff receiving an assignment that in her/his judgment and experience places patients or themselves at risk has an obligation to take action. Acting in the interest of patients, the staff should promptly notify her/his supervisor that because of inadequate staffing, the quality of care and safety of patients and/or residents and staff may be jeopardized.

Nursing staff are held responsible and accountable for the care provided. However, responsibility and accountability for the level of care also resides with the Hospital, including both executives and nursing administrative staff.

This Assignment Despite Objection Form may be used to document an assignment which is potentially unsafe for the patients and/or residents or staff. This form will be used to bring staffing issue to the attention of administration at monthly Labor Management meetings. It may also be used as evidence in defending members against discipline.

Member Leaders Hold Meetings at West Virginia Statehouse

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Member leaders with SEIU District 1199 recently met for the AFL-CIO’s State Legislative Conference in Charleston, West Virginia.
Among other work, they held meetings at the Statehouse to discuss the need for Union jobs and priorities important to working families.

From anti-union attacks to “right-to-work” legislation, West Virginia’s working families have faced many challenges. Members of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH work in diverse and important sectors of the economy. They often stand together to speak out for state funding for health care, the protection of retirement savings, and social services, among other important fiscal priorities.  

Members that formed the delegation included Vicki Tully, Member Vice President for West Virginia, in addition to John A. Hindman and Ethel Turner. We are stronger together. 

Members Join Together For Grievance Chair Training Events in Cleveland & Huntington

Members recently met in Cleveland and Huntington for grievance chair training events.  Additional training courses will be held later this year. Grievance chairs, delegates, shop leaders, and members, regularly assist their co-workers with grievances and make sure that the contract is upheld.

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The ability to file a grievance, if necessary, is an important protection. The grievance process means that members can present the facts through a more fair process if contract violations occur. Training courses further ensure that members are well prepared to stand together. 

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If you need assistance with a grievance, you can also contact the Member Resource Center. The Member Resource Center is open from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM each Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”

Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2019

One of the last speeches Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave before he was killed was with SEIU 1199 in the Northeast, where we draw our roots. We must and will continue to speak out for greater social and economic justice. 

When Martin Luther King, Jr spoke to SEIU 1199.” (SEIU)

Editorial: City, county should retain hospital board appointments. (Herald-Dispatch)

SEIU District 1199 Staff Members Send Donations to Causes Across Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky

Staff members recently approved holiday donations to charities across the area represented by SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. Funding for these donations was gathered through voluntary staff contributions.

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This year, donations are being issued to the following groups:

• $250 to the Facing Hunger Food Bank: Huntington, West Virginia
• $250 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank: Cleveland, Ohio 
• $250 to the God’s Pantry Food Bank: Floyd County, Kentucky
• $250 to the Northwestern Ohio Food Bank: Toledo, Ohio
• $250 to the Freestore Foodbank: Cincinnati, Ohio
• $250 to the Mahoning Valley Second Harvest Food Bank: Youngstown, Ohio
• $250 to the United Way Union Share Program: Columbus, Ohio
• $600 to Choices for Domestic Violence: Columbus, Ohio
• $600 to the West Virginia Women’s Resource Center: Beckley, West Virginia
• $600 to Turning Point Domestic Violence Services: Prestonsburg, Kentucky
• $1,000 to the United Way of Los Angeles for Low-Income Wildfire Victims 

Workers Want to Have a Voice (ABC8 News)

Union opposes city, county giving up rights on hospital board (The Herald-Dispatch)

Mercy RN Negotiation News 11.28.2018

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On November 14, we sat down with Mercy Executives to continue negotiations yet hospital executives refused to bargain in good faith. Instead, offered a last best and final offer and walked away.  

Faced with a choice of voting to go on strike just before Christmas or allowing Mercy executives to steal our healthcare, we voted overwhelmingly to reject this latest attempt to take money out of our pockets and into the coffers of Mercy.

Through our Union, we have reached out to offer an opportunity to go back to the table to avoid a strike. Mercy, instead of agreeing to meet and discuss to find a solution, claimed impasse. The next step is to schedule a hearing with the arbitrator in early December.

It is shameful that Mercy, a faith-based organization, would so ruthlessly and fiercely take the position to not meet and discuss such radical changes to nurses’ healthcare.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

ATTEND THE NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING!

December 4, 1:30-5:30 and 6:30 to 8:30.
UAW 2129, 5300 Baumhart Road

Nurses Raise Awareness at Mercy in Lorain

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Willoughby-Eastlake Library Levy Approved

Members of SEIU District 1199 were proud to endorse Issue 6, the library levy for the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library. On November 6th, the levy passed with strong support from voters.

Passage of the levy is great news for the greater community and all who are served by this important library system.

Free College Member Benefit With Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College

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Members of SEIU District 1199 are eligible for a free college benefit with Eastern Gateway Community College.
 This benefit is open to eligible members, retirees, and their families. Eastern Gateway Community College is also a part of the University System of Ohio.

This program fills the gap between federal, state, or employer education grants the student receives and the cost of tuition, fees, and e-books for some online programs. It is open to eligible members and retirees, in addition to spouses, domestic partners, children, grandchildren, and dependents.

The following programs are now being offered
• Associates Degree – Accounting, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Individualized Study, and Paralegal.
• Certificate – Business Management and Patient Home Navigator. 

For more information and to enroll, visit SEIU Member Benefits

Health Care Coverage Open Enrollment for 2019 Ends on December 15th

If you or a family member need health care coverage for 2019, don’t forget to enroll. There are affordable plans but without a qualifying event, you must signup by December 15th. Eight in ten people qualify for financial help. Share this message with family and friends.

Union Members Pack First Hearing On ‘Right To Work’ Bill (WOSU)

Veterans Day – Thank You For Your Service

Thank You VeteransSEIU District 1199 would like to express a heartfelt THANK YOU to all veterans. We are proud of all of our member veterans and thank all veterans for their dedication to this great country.

On Behalf of SEIU District 1199 and our staff, thank you to all veterans and their families for your service and sacrifice. 

MyAvatar Update – State of Ohio Member Acts to Protect Patient Care

In August, a State of Ohio medical doctor and SEIU District 1199 member, gathered documentation and submitted a formal grievance relating to the use of the MyAvatar electronic health record (EHR) system by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The doctor documented her concerns about the potential for errors under the new system. She then took action through the Union to bring the documentation to the attention of administrators with ODMHAS. With concern for her patients and those served by the State of Ohio, a formal class action grievance was filed.

In October, it was announced that upon careful review, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addition Services, would be moving away from MyAvatar, and resuming the use of legacy systems. A full announcement and memorandum from ODMHAS Director Dr. Mark Hurst details the change.

To have a union is to have a powerful voice. Thank you to the dedicated members and staff with the State of Ohio who work each day to provide the best possible care for those they serve. We are stronger together.

Walk A Mile In Our Shoes

Join us November 20 to let Bon Secours Mercy Health know that they should be thankful for nurses, and before taking away our PPO healthcare they should WALK A MILE IN OUR SHOES! Family and allies welcome!

Walk a mile around Mercy Regional Medical Center with your fellow RNs and members of the community. Assemble at 4pm, walk to start at 4:30pm and end by approximately 5:30pm. Full meeting site and details to follow.

PLEASE BRING YOUR USED OR NEW SHOES, WE WILL BE COLLECTING FOR A LOCAL CHURCH CHRISTMAS SHOE DRIVE!

TO  REGISTER: Contact the Member Resource Center by phone (877.419.7348) or email (mrc@seiu1199.org) with  your name, department and number of people you will be bringing.

 

2018 Scholarship Winners

Wesley Slone, Child of Virgil Slone of Highlands Regional Medical Center
Wesley attends Morehead State University

Jessica Clark of Cabell Huntington Hospital.
Jessica attends Collins Career Technical Center

Alley Cronin, Child of Jennifer Ingram of ResCare of West Virginia
Alley attends Washington State Community College

Hannah Larry of Fairmont Regional Medical Center
Hannah attends West Virginia University

Brooke Pennington, Child of Randall Pennington of American Red Cross
Brooke attends Mountwest Community & Technical College

Kylie Adelman, Child of Michael Adelman of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitations and Corrections
Kylie attends Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing

Alex Alonge, Child of Linda Minnehan of Lorain County Community Action Agency
Alex attends Ohio University.

Kevin Aquila, Child of Judith Aquila of Murtis Taylor
Kevin attends Cuyahoga Community College

Charles Bailey of Cleveland Public Library
Charles attends Kent State University

Amy Bartko of Cuyahoga County Public Library
Amy attends Kent State University

John Byrne of Zepf Center
John attends Case Western Reserve University

Nathan Callihan, Child of Tracy Callihan of Bellefaire JCB
Nathan attends John Carroll University

Brandy Cool of Gateways To Better Living
Brandy attends Union Institute & University

Tristan Currence, Child of Anissa Currence of Trumbull Memorial Hospital
Tristan attends The Ohio State University

Alicia Flenoy, Child of Elicia Rice-Flenoy of Rescue Mental Health
Alicia attends University of Toledo

Kelsey Haas, Child of James Haas of the Adult Parole Authority
Kelsey attends Hanover College

Breya Hall-McDuffie, Child of Karen McDuffie of Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Breya attends Youngstown State University

Zachary Horvath, Child of Thomas Horvath of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
Zachary attends University of Toledo

Laurie Hudnell of Ohio Living Park Vista
Laurie attends Eastern Gateway Community College

Erick Jackson, Child of Barbara Jackson of Childrens Hospital
Erick attends Cuyahoga Community College

Kennedie Lomax, Child of Keith Lomax of Ohio Department of Youth Services
Kennedie attends University of Akron

Adam Winrod, Child of Daniel Winrod of Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Adam attends University of Cincinnati

CONGRATULATIONS 2018 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS!

FrontLine Service: Be Fair To Those That Care

Narrator: 

Life can be hard and full of challenges.
And no one knows that better than the staff at Frontline Service.
Each and every day they are in the community helping those who are struggling to get by.
Reaching out to adults and children in our area to end homelessness, prevent suicide, resolve behavioral health crises, and overcome trauma.
But right now Frontline Service Executive Director Susan Neth isn’t taking care of the hard-working, dedicated staff who make the agency great.
For years, Frontline Service has balanced their books on the backs of their employees.
Instead of investing in the hard-working frontline workers, they spent money on costly management positions and thousands of dollars on travel to conferences that could have helped the community.
In these difficult times, we need to take care of those most in need.
Call Executive Director Susan Neth at 216-274-3300 and ask her to be fair to those who care.
Paid for by SEIU District 1199, Becky Williams, President